Ruby Walsh preparing for return to race riding

Jockey Ruby Walsh on Djakadam prior to the start of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase, 17 March 2017
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Ruby Walsh hopes to be riding out by the end of next week with a return to the track imminent.

Walsh has been out of action since November 18 when he broke his leg in a fall from Let's Dance at Punchestown, but he has always maintained he would be back in time for the Cheltenham Festival.

"Initially, I would have said I'd be back race riding for the Red Mills Chase Day at Gowran (on Saturday), but that was probably a bit unrealistic," he told his Paddy Power blog.

"So, if it's not the weekend of the 24th, hopefully it'll be the weekend after.

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"I could even be riding out by the end of next week. Things are going well; I just need to be patient and not do myself any damage. There's no real pain any more, but things can't be rushed."

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